- Install a 64-bit JDK if you haven't already.
- Download and run the Windows Service Installer of Tomcat.
- Make sure and point to your 64-bit JVM at the appropriate spot in the install process.
- At the end of the install, uncheck the box to start Tomcat. It won't start anyway at this point since the startup script included in the download is 32-bit.
- Grab the 64-bit versions of tomcat6.exe and tomcat6w.exe from the SVN repository. Even though it says "amd64" in the URL these files work on Intel chips as well.
- Replace the tomcat6.exe and tomcat6w.exe in Tomcat's bin directory with the new 64-bit versions you downloaded.
- Start up Tomcat!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Running Tomcat as a Service on 64-Bit Windows
I'm replacing one of our ColdFusion 8 installs with Tomcat 6.0.20 and Open BlueDragon, and this is on a 64-bit Windows 2003 server. Easy enough conceptually, but it turns out running Tomcat as a service on 64-bit Windows has a small trick involved. A couple of potential solutions are outlined on StackOverflow (and numerous other places), but it still involved a bit of hunting around, so I thought a step-by-step with specific links would be helpful both to others and to myself when I forget how to do this next time. ;-)